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Architecture of Visual Studio Tools for Office Solutions

The topics in this section provide background information on how Visual Studio Tools for Office solutions work.

Architecture of Document-Level Customizations

Describes how document-level customizations work, and how they are perceived differently by the developer and the end user.

Architecture of Application-Level Add-Ins

Describes the components of application-level add-ins, and how they are loaded by applications.

Visual Studio Tools for Office Runtime Overview

Describes the different versions of the runtime that is used for Visual Studio Tools for Office solutions.

Registry Entries for Application-Level Add-Ins

Describes the registry keys that are required on end user computers to discover and load application-level add-ins.

Custom Document Properties Overview

Explains how the custom document properties work in document-level customizations.

Data Model in Document-Level Customizations

Describes how data and view are separated in document-level solutions, and provides an overview of server documents and data caching.

Runtime Storage Control Overview

Provides information about the ActiveX control that Visual Studio Tools for Office embeds in documents for Microsoft Office 2003 solutions.

Office Solutions Development Overview

Provides an introduction to using Microsoft Office as a platform for developing business solutions.

Getting Started (Visual Studio Tools for Office)

Provides links to information about installing Visual Studio Tools for Office, how to begin creating solutions, and what has changed since the earlier versions of Visual Studio Tools for Office.

Creating Office Solutions in Visual Studio

Provides links to information about creating Microsoft Office solutions.

General Reference (Visual Studio Tools for Office)

Provides links to detailed information about the Visual Studio Tools for Office user interface, manifests, and other objects.

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